'She-Hulk' producers respond to CGI criticism and say fans would 'tear apart' the character's appearance anyway


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"She-Hulk" writer Jessica Gao and director Kat Coiro next to lead Tatiana Maslany in the show.

  • "She-Hulk" producers have responded to backlash aimed at the lead character's appearance.

  • Director Kat Coiro said that fans were always going to "tear apart" the CGI used in the show.

  • Coiro said she supports visual effects artists who say they're overworked.


"She-Hulk" producers have defended the lead character's appearance after fans criticized the CGI in early clips from the show.


"She-Hulk," which premieres on August 18, is the latest of the Marvel Disney+ series and follows the Hulk's (Mark Ruffalo) cousin Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), who gains the ability to turn into a hulk.


However, after the first trailer was released in May, fans quickly turned against the series, complaining about the quality of the CGI work. Some fans were also disappointed by Maslany's appearance when she transforms into She-Hulk because she does not appear to be overly muscular.


"She-Hulk" director Kat Coiro responded to the criticism at the show's Television Critics Association panel Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


"In terms of the CGI being critiqued, I think that has to do with our culture's belief in its ownership of women's bodies," Coiro said. "I think a lot of the critique comes from feeling like they're able to tear apart the CGI woman. There's a lot of talk about her body type and we based it on Olympian athletes and not bodybuilders. But I think if we had gone the other way, we would be facing the same critique. I think it's very hard to win when you make women's bodies."


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She-Hulk appearance has changed depending on the comic artists over the years.

In the "She-Hulk" comics, the character's appearance has varied greatly, and She-Hulk has looked muscular in only a few instances.


During a previous interview with SFX magazine, Coiro said that the negative reaction to the CGI might be because She-Hulk is so different from the "grisliness" and "bulkiness" of other CGI characters such as Thanos and Hulk.


Last week, an anonymous visual effects (VFX) artist alleged that VFX companies Marvel works with are often overworked in an interview with Vulture.


"I've had coworkers sit next to me, break down, and start crying," the artist said. "I've had people having anxiety attacks on the phone."


Many fans have questioned whether the CGI in "She-Hulk" was unfinished due to strain on the show's VFX team.


Coiro, Maslany, and writer Jessica Gao responded to the claims of visual effects teams being overworked, saying that they "stand in solidarity" with the artists.


"This is a massive undertaking to have a show where the main character is CG," Gao said. "It's terrible that a lot of artists feel rushed and feel that the workload is too massive. I think everybody on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers."


Maslany added: "I feel incredibly deferential to how talented these artists are and how quickly they have to work. Obviously, much quicker than probably should be given to them in terms of, like, churning these things out. We have to like be super conscious of the work conditions which aren't always optimal."


"She-Hulk" premieres on Disney+ on August 18.


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